The RiffTrax Blog header image 1

Who am I?

May 29th, 2008 by Conor Lastowka · 41 Comments

mystery man

Who am I? You probably don’t recognize my face, but you certainly know who I am. First person to correctly identify me wins a free RiffTrax gift certificate!

UPDATE:  And the answer is:  Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal system.  He created the library classification system in 1876.  I believe it to be truly superior to its bitter rival, the Bliss Bibliographic Classification.

Just wanted to see how people would go about trying to figure out who a picture was with nothing to go on.  MikeP got the correct answer in the comments, so if he or anyone else has any tips about figuring out who a picture is of, lets hear ‘em

Tags: RiffTrax

41 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris Hanel on May 29, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Chuck Woolery.

  • 2 Chuck Woolery on May 29, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Chris Hanel.

  • 3 Raymond Delgadillo on May 29, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Conor Lastowka?

  • 4 Hugh on May 29, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    You, dear sir, forgot to change the file name. And, thus, via my awesome Matlocking skills, I have uncovered the answer. This man’s name…

    …is “Mystery Man.” Thanks for the gift certificate.

  • 5 Dallas on May 29, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Teddy Roosevelt? Nah, too easy. Gotta be a young Karl Lagerfeld.

  • 6 ms chii on May 29, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    i want to say ulysseys s. grant, when he was younger?

  • 7 Lycaeon on May 29, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Andrew Carnegie?

    Or is it Adam West?

  • 8 WildRebel on May 29, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    A young Thomas Crapper?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crapper

  • 9 WildRebel on May 29, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    A young Thomas Crapper?

  • 10 Erik on May 29, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Daniel Day-Lewis in his classic movie, “There Will Be Beard”

  • 11 Conor Lastowka on May 29, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Nice guess. The party in question is, like Mr. Crapper, indeed famous, but you’ll probably only know his last name.

  • 12 MikeP on May 29, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Lord Edmund Bryll, inventor of Brylcreem

  • 13 Queen Shadowrama on May 29, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Um…Kevin Murphy?

  • 14 Bill Corbett on May 29, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I’m going with Randy Bachman.

  • 15 Queen Shadowrama on May 29, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Hey, no fair! Rifftrax employees can’t enter the contest! :-P

  • 16 Onil on May 29, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    First impression would be Che Guevara but that’d be too easy.

    Are you Sigmund Freud?

    You are not Tom Hulce.

  • 17 MikeP on May 29, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Melvil Dewey

  • 18 MikeP on May 29, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Or Melville. His friends just called him Mel.

  • 19 Meritsekhmet on May 29, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Louis Pasteur?

  • 20 Scooter on May 29, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    now I’m mad. Well, at least kind of upset. After his comment of being known by his last name, I tried searching wikipedia for eponyms. His page had no picture (go there and see) so I searched google images, but I mis-read his name and searched for MelviN Dewey instead. I only made it a few more names after when I went back to this page and saw you got it.
    By the way, I’m writing a book about things I almost won. How do you like it so far?

  • 21 Meritsekhmet on May 29, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Rats. So much for 3 years of biology in high school ever paying off. ;)

  • 22 Hannah on May 29, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Damn, you beat me to it.

  • 23 Neb on May 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    All I can identify is the rough time of the image: 1850s-60s. My historian hubby is already in bed so I’m out of the running…

  • 24 dave-0 on May 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    burt reynolds during his beard phase?

  • 25 dave-0 on May 29, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    a young alexander graham bell?

  • 26 SarahCanuck on May 29, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Penn? As in Pennsylvania?

  • 27 ShutterBun on May 30, 2008 at 2:09 am

    In the words of Darth Vader: “Impressive…most impressive.”

    (and I happen to be currently watching a movie with a main character called “Melville*” at the moment, so the pain is particularly sharp)

    *consolation points for anyone who guesses this

  • 28 Barry on May 30, 2008 at 3:01 am

    David DeLuise.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0217936/

  • 29 ms chii on May 30, 2008 at 4:55 am

    isnt there a disclaimer? LOL oh wait. this isnt one of things were you have like 1 in a million chances of wiinning while we collectyour info secretly.

    but i agreee. they defiinitely shouldnt. ;) they have inside information. on the other hand if they are available for biribes….;)

  • 30 Melman on May 30, 2008 at 5:29 am

    Jimmy United-States-Of-America?

  • 31 Rob T Firefly on May 30, 2008 at 5:42 am

    That’s my mother, you insensitive clod!

  • 32 ms chii on May 30, 2008 at 6:16 am

    ooh. thats a tricky one. shoulda known that-since im studying to a librarian and all. phoo. oh well!

  • 33 Kelly on May 30, 2008 at 6:35 am

    That might be a younger Peter Carl Faberge’. Today is his birthday.

  • 34 Ben on May 30, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Burt Reynolds–circa 1882

  • 35 Patrick on May 30, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Is it the guy who has this Patrick Swayze as a Chippendale’s Centaur Surrounded by Rainbows tattoo?

    http://tinyurl.com/439y6d

  • 36 Conor Lastowka on May 30, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Indeed it is Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal system! Congrats. How did you find out the answer?

    Email support AT rifftrax.com and we’ll set you up with free stuff!

  • 37 Kingtos on May 30, 2008 at 7:27 am

    So it isn’t Wade Boggs?

  • 38 Barry on May 30, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Mmmm, Wade Boggs. Goes down smooth.

  • 39 MikeP on May 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Hooray for me!

    I’m at work, but when I get a chance I’ll type up how I found it.

    It’s hard to believe, but Dewey was my very first guess, but I got him confused with John Dewey and almost gave up…

  • 40 Glyn on Jun 3, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    It looks like a young Burt Reynolds to me.
    Put him in a cowboy hat and stand him next to Sally Fields.

  • 41 sergius on Feb 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    dr linneaus